Friday, August 14, 2009

Paul Graham Is Wrong

Today, Chiron linked to a Paul "Facile" Graham essay. I've long considered Graham a dabbler and a blowhard and a participatory narcissist, if only because he is. He's what you read immediately after you grow out of Eric Raymond, but before you discover girls. Indeed, Google has at last count 715,000 distinct reasons why "Paul Graham is wrong". But this time, he said something good, or at least funny:

You can't distinguish your group by doing things that are rational, and believing things that are true. If you want to set yourself apart from other people, you have to do things that are arbitrary, and believe things that are false.

While we're on the subject of programming pundits, Joel Spolsky is one of only three people on Earth who look like my brother. The others are my brother, and Christopher Hitchens. And that is why all true hackers would rather be covered with mustard than mayonnaise.

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